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Rescued macaque nursed back to health and released back to the wild

A rescued long-tailed macaque that was rehabilitated has been released back to the wild. PHOTO: ACRES  
A rescued long-tailed macaque that was rehabilitated has been released back to the wild. PHOTO: ACRES  
A long-tailed macaque is seen in a cage before its release into Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
A long-tailed macaque is seen in a cage before its release into Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) campaign executive Sabrina Jabbar, 23, carries a long-tailed macaque in its cage to a spot where the monkey can be released on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FAN
The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) campaign executive Sabrina Jabbar, 23, carries a long-tailed macaque in its cage to a spot where the monkey can be released on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
(From left) The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) campaign executive Sabrina Jabbar, 23, releases a long-tailed macaque from its cage on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013, as Acres executive director Louis Ng looks on. -- ST PH
(From left) The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) campaign executive Sabrina Jabbar, 23, releases a long-tailed macaque from its cage on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013, as Acres executive director Louis Ng looks on. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
A long-tailed macaque is seen up high in a tree after its release at Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
A long-tailed macaque is seen up high in a tree after its release at Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
A long-tailed macaque is seen in a tree after its release at Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) found the injured animal with a shattered pelvis at Macritchie reservoir i
A long-tailed macaque is seen in a tree after its release at Macritchie reservoir on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) found the injured animal with a shattered pelvis at Macritchie reservoir in August. It was operated on and rehabilitated over six weeks before being released. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

A rescued long-tailed macaque that was rehabilitated has been released back to the wild.

The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) found the injured animal with a shattered pelvis at Macritchie reservoir in August. It was operated on and rehabilitated over six weeks before being released back into the forested area around the reservoir.

This is the first macaque to be attended to by Acres' newly formed macaque response team. Set up last month, the team aims to educate residents living close to the monkeys' forest habitats on how to prevent the monkeys from entering their homes by, for example, storing food away from sight. The team will also has plans to begin a 'behavioural modification' program to keep them away from human territories.

Acres executive director Louis Ng said the team's effort would hopefully show that there are alternative ways to manage the monkey population here other than culling. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) culled about 360 macaques in the first half of this year, about a fifth of their estimated population of 1,800. Complaints to the AVA about monkey nuisance have been growing from 730 in 2011 to 1,460 in the first eight months of this year.